This summer in the Pacific Northwest has been a little unusual. There have been a lot of cloudy days, but the humidity has been very apparent! The humidity can make people feel uncomfortable so achieving optimal indoor air comfort with your air conditioning system is important. Here is how humidity will affect your air conditioning.

Air conditioning systems are created to remove heat and moisture from the air. So, when the humidity is high, your air conditioner will need to work harder. If you have high indoor humidity, you will notice that the air feels clammy and moist and you may notice there are foggy windows and a musty odor in the home. While your AC system is meant to remove moisture from the air, if the humidity gets extra high, it is hard for your system to keep up. This is where dehumidifiers can help. This can be installed on your HVAC system and will work to pull moisture from the air before it’s sent through the duct work of your home. They can also be paired with your AC system so you can adjust the humidity level and temperature of your home all at once.

The result: cool, comfortable air all summer long. If your AC system can’t keep up because it is old or out of date, our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Systems that are working hard to keep you cool could cause your energy bill to spike and that’s never a welcome surprise. If you’re noticing a musty odor in your home or foggy windows and clammy air, contact us today to talk about your options! We are experts in indoor comfort and can offer tips that will help you enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Kids are out for summer and the adventures have begun. Make sure that repairing your air conditioning system isn’t one of those adventures that you add to the list! There are several important reasons why you should service your system this summer.

#1: You can avoid expensive system breakdowns.
Regular maintenance on your system means you can avoid expensive, unexpected breakdowns. When the summer heat is blazing, the last thing you want to have is a system that won’t work. Regular maintenance appointments will ensure that everything is working efficiently and that there are no broken or worn internal parts that could pose a problem.

#2: You will extend the life of the system.
Summer is the perfect time to get your system tuned up, before the cool and wet weather returns. Just like a car needs regular oil changes and tune ups, so does your air conditioning system. This will help keep things running well, but it will also extend the life of your system, so you can get at least 10 to 15 years out of it.

When you schedule your service appointment with us, we will clean the air filters, run an energy efficiency check, and ensure that all the inside parts of the machine are functioning at peak efficiency. We will discuss any issues that we see and talk about options for repair or replacement.

Your air conditioning system plays a big role in your overall comfort this summer season! Summer is a very busy time for our experts at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning, so be sure that you schedule your preventative maintenance appointment right away!  If you know that your system is so old and inefficient that it won’t make it through another summer, we can help you find the right air conditioner that will work with your home’s unique layout and most importantly, your budget. We are standing by to help, so call us soon.

 

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The official first day of summer is just a week away, and we have already seen hot temperatures! People around the Pacific Northwest will be using their air conditioning systems regularly for the next couple of months. Want to save money while you do that? Here are some helpful ways to save energy this summer.

Tip #1: Keep vegetation away from your outside unit.
The outside unit of your cooling system needs to have weeds any other overgrown grass or vegetation removed and kept at least two feet away. This allows the system to pull in air efficiently and not use unnecessary amounts of energy.

Tip #2: Change your air filters.
Dirty or clogged air filters will cause your AC system to work harder that it needs to. This means you’ll likely see a steep increase in your utility bill. In addition, if your system is running harder than is necessary, it could decrease the lifespan of the unit, and could even cause an unexpected breakdown that could be expensive and frustrating. Your air filters should be cleaned or replaced every other month.

Tip #3: Keep heat away from your thermostat.
Did you know that if you have heat producing appliances or products your thermostat, it could produce heat and cause your thermostat to inaccurately read the room temperature?  Ensure your candles, lamps, or appliances like a toaster are set far enough away from the thermostat so it doesn’t interfere.

Tip #4: Get a programmable thermostat for your home.
We love programmable thermostats! They can save significant amounts of energy over the year, and that means you could save hundreds of dollars at the end of the year! These thermostats allow you to set the temperature to whatever is most comfortable, and then you can program it to turn up, down, or off, whenever you want – even if you are away from home. They are affordable to install and work with almost any existing HVAC system or air conditioning system.

Tip #5: Stay on top of preventative maintenance.
Your cooling system needs regular maintenance! During these preventative maintenance appointments, our experienced team will run an energy efficiency check, clean or change the filters, ensure the inside components and mechanisms are working properly, and will let you know if any repairs need to be made.

Summer is almost here and it’s going to get hot! Make sure your cooling system can keep you comfortable! Not sure your AC system is ready to handle another summer? Contact us today for a quote on which new system could be right for you and your budget!

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Older homes come with a lot of charm and character. Homes that are built 50, 60, 70, or more years ago have many differences when compared to modern homes. For example, they may be laid out different, have different materials and they may not be ducted for traditional heating or cooling systems, simply because they were built before air conditioning was the standard in homes! But, don’t worry – just because you have an older home, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through unbearable summer weather with no air conditioning. Here are some tips on the best way to cool your older home.

Ductless heating and cooling systems are generally one of the best ways to provide energy efficient cooling to your home. They can also provide heating during the winter, making them a great two-in-one option. Because these systems do not require ductwork installation, these are great for homes that do not have ducts as an option. They use an exterior heat pump that is connected to interior head units that distribute the air-conditioned air or heat to the designated areas within your home. One outside unit can support several interior air handling units and are connected through wiring and small hoes on the outside of the home. The inside units are mounted to the wall, either high or low, and are controlled via remote. You determine what temperature is the most comfortable!

We love the flexibility and energy savings that ductless heat pumps provide, and we are happy to talk to you about this option for your home! Warmer weather has already made its way to the Pacific Northwest and more summer weather will be here soon. Now is the perfect time to get your system installed so you can stay comfortable no matter what the weather decides to do outside!  Contact us today for information on your system and financing options. We are standing by to help!

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Oregon is seeing record temperatures this summer with days on end of days that are over 90 degrees. That means that your air conditioner has a big job to do and you will need to do what you can to take good care of it so it continues to work well. Here are some tips on how to take care of your AC system.

#1: Don’t neglect your air filters.
A lot of homeowners forget about the HVAC air filters in their homes, but they play a key role in how your air conditioning functions during the peak of the season. Check the filters every one to two months to make sure they are cleaned and free of dirt, debris, and dust buildup. If you see a lot of this, change it or clean it entirely. Clogged, dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder than it must, and you will likely see an increase in your energy bill, too. Dirty filters also spread harmful air pollutants, bacteria, and other allergens by putting them back into the air you breathe.

#2: Don’t forget about the outdoor unit.
It’s tempting to sit right in front of the air conditioner vents to stay cool on these scorching days but remember to venture outside and check the outdoor unit regularly. Make sure there are no tree branches, leaves, grass clippings, or other plant debris or buildup around the outdoor unit. In addition, rinse off the top of the unit to make sure there is no additional debris there. Check to make sure the outdoor unit is level if it’s sitting on a cement pad and clear a couple of feet of space around the unit to make sure optimal air flow is achieved.

#3: Stay on top of preventative maintenance.
Be sure to have your HVAC system checked by our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning at least one time per year. We will be able to look first hand at your machine to make sure there are no hidden issues that could cause an unexpected breakdown. These breakdowns can be expensive and incredibly inconvenient, so making sure your maintenance appointments are scheduled means that you will reduce the risk of having any problems creep up. We will also clean the filters, make sure the machine is working with maximum energy efficiency, and answer any other questions you may have.

Our team of HVAC professionals bring years of hands-on expertise helping residential and commercial customers alike getting their air conditioning systems working at their peak! Contact us today to help you maintain, install, or repair a variety of HVAC equipment.

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Summer is a busy time for many people in the Pacific Northwest. It is a great time to be outside, enjoying the beauty and greenery of the area. For many families and individuals, it’s also a great time to use those built up vacation days from work and head out on an extended trip. Before you head out on your next adventure, don’t forget about preparing your home and your cooling system while you’re gone.  Here are some tips on how to get your house ready to go before you leave.

Tip #1: Get your programmable thermostat ready to go.
Programmable thermostats are convenient all year long, but when you’re out of town, they can be even more helpful! A quality programmable thermostat is a great investment for your house, as it will help keep accurate temperatures both day and night, which could help save you money on your utility bill, too, even when you’re away on vacation this summer.

Simply program the thermostat to your desired temperature and then let the thermostat do what it was intended to do – provide comfort! When you’re gone, no need to use your air conditioner. So, program your cooling system to turn off completely while you’re gone, then set it to turn on for the day that you return so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home. Programmable thermostats work with your lifestyle and work in tandem with your heating system as well as your air conditioning system. Not sure which programmable thermostat is best for you? Contact us for options!

Tip #2: Shhh…don’t talk about your trip on the Internet.
It is very common to see people you know posting about their extravagant vacations on Facebook or Instagram, but, it could pose a safety threat to your home, as it can provide a clear signal that your home is vacant. Take plenty of pictures to share about your fun vacation but wait to post them until you get home.

Tip #3: Talk to your neighbors.
If you’re leaving for a long period of time, talk to your neighbors to let them know to keep an eye out on your home. It is important to safeguard your possessions and keep them out of sight, and be sure to keep some lights on in the house to make it look lived in.

Your adventure awaits, but don’t forget to prepare your home ahead of time. We are happy to provide information on getting a new heating or cooling system or programmable thermostat installed before your trip, so you can cross off that big to-do before you leave. Our team of heating and cooling experts is waiting to hear from you. Contact us today and we will help answer your questions!

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The summer weather is starting to heat up and if you’re not careful, your body can be negatively impacted. There are some important things to know about the risks of exposing yourself to high heat and take steps to protect your health. Here are some ways you can stay healthy during the hot summer days.

#1: Know your body temps.
Your body regulates itself to around 98.6 degrees, and even changes as little as a degree could start changing the overall biochemistry of your body that you might be able to feel right away. If you’re continually walking around with a higher than normal body temperature, you could be risking heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

#2: Stay hydrated.
Warm weather means you will likely be sweating and if you’re sweating out water but not drinking water to replace it, your body won’t be getting enough electrolytes. This can cause muscle cramping and dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, so you can replenish what you’re losing in the heat.

#3: Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion happens when you’ve lost enough body fluid that your body cannot operate properly. You’ll feel excessively thirsty, dizzy, and very tired. In some cases, nausea will set in and you may lose more fluid that way. If that is the case, you need to seek medical attention right away and move into a cooler location, while applying cool, wet towels and ice. If you ignore these signs, you could lose consciousness and heat stroke could happen. This is very serious and could be fatal if not treated immediately.

#4: Get a good air conditioning system in place.
Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful time, but it does get hot. It’s important to have a place to stay cool and comfortable. If your air conditioning system at home does not keep you reliably cool, get it looked at by our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. It may need a simple repair. Perhaps your system is old and inefficient and now is the time to get a full replacement. We have a variety of options available in your budget and can work with you on getting financing in place, so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months. Contact us today for information!

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